15 November 2018
This week, we celebrate Veteran’s Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  Let me lead this week’s message by thanking those of you in our club who have served our country.  To celebrate this week and o honor our veterans, I am recommending that you watch a TED talk titled “Why I choose a gun” by the Netherlands' chief of defense - Peter van Uhm.  This 17 minute video is an interesting view from a military commander on the use of guns as an instrument of peace.
For those of you with an adventurous spirit, the 10th of November was Rotary Day at the United Nations.  This 6 hour and 30 minute link is a recorded video of the live event held in Nairobi.  For full disclosure, I did not watch the entire event, so please let me know if you viewed some particularly memorable moments.  Note that RI President Barry Rassin gives a short talk at approximately the 31st minute.
Please invite a guest to our club’s meeting this week.  Remember, we have money set aside to cover the cost of your guests’ meals.
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 Happy Birthday​
Art Fahey - Nov 17
Carl Miller - Nov 17
Brian Langenhorst - Nov 19
A.J. Frels - Nov 22

Happy Wedding  Anniversary
Tim (Jennie) Kolek - Nov 11
Alex (Bekcy) Lueck - Nov 15
Meredyth (John) Lillejord - Nov 21
Annette (Richard) Mikat - Nov 21
Sean (Maudra) Henneman - Nov 23


Happy Rotary Anniversary
Dave Johnston - Nov 12 - 31 years
Gloria Doyle - Nov 13 - 4 years
Dean Dickinson - Nov 15 - 38 years
Maria Norberg - Nov 15 - 6 years
Mike Swenson - Nov 15 - 6 years
Grant Golson - Nov 16 - 1 year
John Morrissey - Nov 16 - 1 year
Andy Parrish - Nov 16 - 1 year
Peter Grabow - Nov 18 - 25 years
Andy Bakkum - Nov 20 - 4 years
Ryan Geister - Nov 20 - 4 years
Lynn Bruns - Nov 21 - 5 years
Steve Schultz - Nov 21 - 22 years



CELEBRATIONS 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Next Meeting
Radisson Center

November 15, 2018

Tequila Glazed Pork Loin
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Salsa & Guacamole

Tortilla Chips

CLUB INFO 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Active Membershi

Patrick Paulino - Resignation

Honorary Members


Associate Membership is a program to recruit younger members, millennials, to membership.  Associate Membership is available to anyone who is proposed for membership who is 35 years of age or less.  Associate membership will end when that member reaches the age of 38. They would pay for dues and $100 for meals per quarter no matter how many meetings they attend that quarter.

Corporate Membership is a program to allow multiple employees of a business Rotary participation under one primary membership. Each corporate membership is limited to a three-year term. After the three-year corporate membership term, the individuals are required to become individual members. View Corporate Membership Policy.

Family Membership is a program to allow a second individual Rotary participation under one primary membership.  View Family Membership Policy.

Honorary Membership  is offered to members who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. View Honorary Membership Policy.

Excused Membership is offered to members if the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more, the member has been a member of one or more clubs for at least 20 years, and the member has notified the club's secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance  and the board has approved.  Excused Members will pay the quarterly dues and only for meals when they attend a meeting.

Membership Proposals....we will no longer ask for three references when you propose a new member.  This was a criteria that our club had set not RI.  This will help us process new members into our club more efficiently.  You can access the membership proposal form online, under the Club Information site page.



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Interested in participating in Rotary's Got Talent
at this year's Club Assembly (January 24th)?
Put a team together with a few of your Rotary friends (minimum of three participants per team) and email Talent entries can include singing, lip syncing, dancing, or other talents (please, nothing involving fire)!
We're also soliciting sponsors to donate prizes for the event. 
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Learn More About Growing Hearts Across the World

Message from the Fundraising Committee: Lee Rasch, Kerstin Boudreau, Kenna Christians, Sue Durtsche, Mary Ann Gschwind, Chuck Hanson, Kathryn Sexauer, Mike Swenson, Jodi Widuch, Todd Restel, Katie Berkedal and Catherine Kolkmeier.

As you know, we are celebrating 100 years of Rotary service to our region with the Growing Hearts Across the World campaign. The campaign will culminate with the completion of the Cameroon Garden in Riverside Park in the summer of 2019. The Garden will honor the rich cultural traditions of Cameroon and provide a wonderful gathering place overlooking the area where the the “Three Rivers” meet. Most importantly, it will serve as a model for community and international service for the upcoming generations of Rotarians.

To date, we have received excellent support from Rotarians. But we have not yet heard from all of you. The next phase of the Growing Hearts Across the World campaign will be to the Seven Rivers Region community. It is very important to be able to state to the community at large that Rotarians are fully committed to Growing Hearts Across the World. Indeed, there is no better message than to state...every Rotarian in our Club contributed. We have asked members to consider a $100 contribution pledge for up to two years. However, your contribution at any level will count.   Please complete a pledge card and include with your payment.

Growing Hearts Across the World - Sculptures/Entrances - Naming Opportunities Link

Please turn in your pledge cards and contributions to Earlamae Dahlby or send your contribution to Rotary at P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI 54602-1914.

One hundred years of service by Rotary has had a profound impact on the lives of many in our region and throughout the world. Come join us in celebrating this service...and help set the stage for generations of Rotarians in the years to come. If you would like more information, please contact Lee Rasch, Chuck Hanson or Eva Marie Restel.

Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
December - Grant Golson
February - Bonnie Steidl
If you would like to volunteer for Rotarians in the News,  be a greeter,  a hospitality greeter, raffle ticket seller,  scrip seller or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Duty Roster Coordinator that are listed above....just click on their name.  If you would like to give your classification talk please contact Program Committee Chair Andy Bakkum.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator


Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


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 Mitchell Paquette
   Global Scholar through Rotary International
Sponsoring Club - La Crosse Rotary Club
My name is Mitchell Paquette and I am from La Crosse, Wisconsin. This year I was selected by Rotary International District 6250 to be a Global Grant Scholar. The Global Grant Scholarship is a $30,000 award for an individual to pursue graduate level studies at a foreign university, in a subject related to one of Rotary International's six focus areas: Peace and Conflict Resolution,  Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health,  Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development. With the help of the Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club, I applied and was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship in the area of Peace and Conflict Resolution for the 2018/2019 academic year. I will be using the funds to pursue a Master's of Law in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.   More information on Mitchell. 
Mitchell has arrived in the UK and settling in nicely for the start of his Global year..   You can follow him on his blog....
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Attention All Enthusiastic Rotarians...One Rotary Summit will be coming to La Crosse on Thursday, October 11th.  Why attend?  A much-used description of Rotary these days is “Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action”.  Well, this is a chance to help lead your club in some fashion, by joining leaders, hearing ideas from other clubs, and taking them back to your own club.  In the process, you may well help another Rotary club by explaining how your club does something that they find interesting.  In short, this is not a chance to sit on your rear and listen to speaker after speaker.  It’s a chance to talk with others in a structured session, and then rotate to two more similar sessions with different people.  At the end of the session, we will have about a half hour to “shop” as you review many ideas from other tables you might not have heard, but you can read them off posters, and if necessary get a quick explanation, and take them back to your club.    Register today! 
October 11, 2018 - LaCrosse
Time 5:00 - 8:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library, lower level auditorium
800 Main Street, La Crosse WI
Parking in lot on south side of library
Rotary Contact for Event: Assistant DG Patt Boge
No Fee - Registration Deadline September 29th
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The Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.  
Registration and convention housing materials are available at
If you are considering attending it is recommended that you get registered and book your accommodations while in Hamburg.  The tour elements will be inclusive of travel and hotels while on those tours.  Club members who attended the Toronto convention, the Restels, Hoels, Dickinsons, Tami Woods and Roz Schnick would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Rotary and USO Military  Lounge Partnership
Sign for the USO Lounge in the La Crosse Airport.
Thanks to all who attended the USO Military Lounge Open House last Friday.  The USO Lounge at the La Crosse Regional Airport served around 38,000 troops this year and Rotary Club of La Crosse members got a chance to see  how their donations help.

The USO Lounge offers services to military members to let them relax before their flight. It includes a book exchange, movie library, gaming system, comfort foods, wifi and an area to relax during the stresses of travel. The USO is fully stocked by donations and staffed by volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer you can sign up by going to



HOW TO GET HELP: If you have flood/rain damage or know somebody who does, please have them contact one of these area Rotary clubs immediately. We want to be as efficient and quick as we can be in getting financial help to where it is supposed to go. Thanks.  Also report your damage to 211 because if damage isn't reported the government won't know and the help funding will be less for the budget for the area.
HOW TO GET HELP: Proceeds from the Fight the Flood effort will be distributed through the Rotary Works Foundation, and flooding victims can apply for funding through their local Rotary Clubs. Here is the contact information for clubs in the western Wisconsin counties hit hard by flooding:
VERNON COUNTY: 608-619-0011;
CRAWFORD COUNTY: 608-412-3110;
MONROE COUNTY: 608-633-0627;
RICHLAND COUNTY: 847-274-9063;
If you would still like to make a donation....mail your check to
Rotary Works Foundation- Flood Relief
PO Box 1571,
La Crosse WI  54602-1571
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We have received the Presidential Citation two years in a row!  Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary's three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance Rotary's public image and awareness.  Last year's Rotary Citation recognized clubs that completed activities that support these priorities.   Presidential Theme and Citation for 2017-18 - goals that we achieved.
We began a new year, July 1, 2018 and we will work towards achieving the Presidential Citation for 2018-19.   Be The Inspiration Presidential Theme and Citation for 2018-19 - goals.
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District 6250 2018-19
District Governor Bill Hoel
Congrats to Rotarian Bill Hoel our new 2018-19 District Governor.  Click here to view his bio on the District 6250 web site.  Our District Web Site has a lot of information to keep you in the loop of what is happening in our District. 
District 6250 2018-19
Assistant Governor Patt Boge
Rotarian Patt Boge is one of the District 6250 Assistant Governors. She will oversee Group 3 in our District that includes the following Rotary Clubs: La Crosse Valley View, Holmen, Onalaska, Onalaska Hilltoppers and Sparta.
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Rotary International 2018-19
President Barry Rassin
Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme this year is BE THE INSPIRATION.  "We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office.  Most important of all, we need to BE THE INSPIRATION for positive change, inspiring our clubs, and communities, and our organization to face today's challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.
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Rotarians are welcomed to attend Rotary Meetings wheeever they travel.  Rotarian Thomas Behrenbeck has been attending the Jakarta - Shangri-La Rotary Meetings.  See photos from meetings he attended.


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